When did recruits following a coach become acceptable? You hear about Calipari's possibly taking some of his hot-shot recruits to Kentucky. You hear about Floyd's possibly taking Sidney to Arizona. And, all this is reported and speculated, as though it were a completely normal practice.
I don't get it. I think athletes who are recruited to schools with a fleeing coach should have the right to opt out. When they chose that school, that coach was a factor in their decision.
But, an athlete's change of mind ought to be between going to the original school or not going to the original school, and not between going to the coach's original school and his new school. This just seems sleazy to me.
After all, the coach recruited the athlete on the university's budget, using the university's resources, assisted by other university employees. The "contract" is between the athlete and the university, not the athlete and the coach.
So, where does a coach get off trying to lure those whom he recruited, with the original school's largesse, to his new school? This just stinks.
And yet, it seems to be commonly accepted. That recruits might follow the coach to his new school is reported, but no one seems to be outraged about it.
Maybe it's just me.